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Phone: (213) 763-3426
Fax: (213) 763-3583

Support Today's Scientists, Inspire Tomorrow's Scientists

When you give to the Museum, you support our scientists' research on the planet's biodiversity. You are also creating tomorrow's scientists. Our teacher resources make each field trip a learning experience, our education outreach brings the science of discovery to schools all over L.A.
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Phone: 213.763.3253
FAX: 213.749.3583


Behind-the-Scenes Tours

There's a Whole World Behind the Scenes

Members at the Naturalist level and higher, along with up to 10 guests, are invited to schedule a weekday behind-the-scenes tour, which takes you behind the scenes with one of our all-star Museum curators. To make a reservation, contact us at (213) 763-3253. Reservations are required, and should be made at least two weeks in advance. 

Free for members at the Naturalist level and higher. To join, renew or upgrade, click here.


We'll Bring You into the Worlds of:

  • Polychaetes. Check out a very diverse group of segmented marine worms.
  • Crustacea. This department studies the well-known crab, shrimp and lobster, but also a wide range of other marine terrestrial and fresh water animals.
  • Anthropology. This is the study of humankind, past and present, including technology, arts and material culture of Latin America.
  • Echinoderms. Explore a collection that includes sea stars, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and feather stars.
  • History. These collections focus primarily on the history of California and the Southwest)
  • Ichthyology. Check out some of the exciting systematic research on fishes!
  • Mineralogy. Besides gorgeous gems, learn about the study of minerals and meterorites.
  • Ornithology. Peruse a huge collection and learn about how L.A. has more bird species than you might think. 
  • Malacology. There are more than 50,000 living species of mollusks they constitute a very diverse group of marine invertebrates.
  • Mammalogy.  Delve deeper into the branch of zoology that deals with mammals)
  • La Brea Tar Pits. See specimens collected from the only constantly active, urban Ice Age excavation site in the world! 
  • Vertebrate Paleontology. Learn about the study of fossil remains of animals with backbones such as fishes, sharks, amphibians, reptiles, including dinosaurs, birds and mammals
  • Taxidermy. The process of preparing animals and their habitats for exhibit is much more artistic, and much less gruesome, than you might think!
  • Insect Zoo. Come meet tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, and a variety of insects from around the globe.


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